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Naupaka Blooming: A Hawaiian Romance Kindle Edition
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The characters are realistic and likeable, the tenets of Buddhism that make an appearance are fascinating and the various plot threads are deftly handled.
The tropical setting is beautifully described and was a wonderful backdrop to the story.
A quite delightful story, the romance, mystery and the more sinister goings-on added layers and depth to what otherwise may have been a much lighter and less fulfilling read.
Definitely worth checking out.
Rarely do I read a novel straight through. Naupaka Blooming grabbed me from the first chapter and I have spent the day totally enthralled as the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Oahu comes to life.
As someone who had the joy of living on Maui for a couple of years, I can attest to the detailed descriptions and care the Ms.Eck gave in her descriptions of places and culture.
All I can say now is “ When do we get Book #2”?
The first quarter of the book is a charming ancient-Hawaiian Romeo-and-Juliet fable, whose only real annoyance is the tendency to 'tell' instead of 'show'. It's sweet and I cared about the characters and wanted their happiness satisfied.
The last 3/4 of the book is about modern-day Islander Liz, who (we're basically told in the ad) is a reincarnation of ancient-Hawaiian-Juliet. But there, the story dies! There's no central conflict. She's having mundane problems at work and in her love life, making one-dimensional friends, having on-the-nose dialogue, and being slowly converted to Buddhism. Buddhism becomes the main character in the story. I'm a religious person, but I didn't enjoy finding 150 pages of sneaky proselytizing. The story is a good idea, but the storytelling is lacking. I would recommend this to Buddhist readers at middle-school-level reading, with adult-level sexual maturity.
The book opens telling the story of an ancient Hawaiian princess and her forbidden love and how both of their lives end tragically. It is the author's version of the myth of the naupaka flower. The rest of the book is about Liz and her adventures living in Paradise and discovering who she really is.
Liz moved to Hawaii after she inherited her great-grandmother's house. It’s a chance to start a whole new life. She has no idea the impact Hawaii would have on her. She meets new friends, starts dating again, struggles to find the perfect job and learns new things about Hawaiian culture. But what Liz doesn’t understand are the mysterious dreams that she keeps having. What are her dreams trying to tell her? Could they be clues from a past life?
After a near death experience, Liz finally gets answers to her dreams. She learns who she really is and the man she is dating is the final piece of the puzzle.
I admit the cover grabbed my attention first, but the premise really made me want to read it. I love anything to do with Hawaii and it’s legends. The scenes were easy to picture with all of the descriptions. It brought back memories of my trips with the mentions of different locations. I couldn't help but be pulled towards these characters and into their lives. The writer has a way with words making this story very addictive and one that I won't forget for a long time.
The protagonists were also believable in both eras.
The supporting cast were interesting in their own right as teachers and fellow travelers throughout the timeframe.
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